Poker players at the EPT Berlin Main Event kept falling like dominos on the tournament’s third day, reducing the current field to 56 leading into Day 4. Among the king of the crop is Aku Joentausta, who was the event’s chip leader at the end of the day, the second night in a row he has had that accolade.
The 21-year-old Finnish player currently has 1,039,000 chips to his name as he continues his attempt to take out the top prize. He has some fierce rivalry in the form of Swedish poker player Emil Ohlsson, however, who ended Day 3 with 1,011,000 chips. It will be a difficult task for anyone to take the chip lead from Joentausta given his stellar play so far. Ohlsson, however, may have enough hunger and motivation to do just that.
The Swede took out first place in his last major tournament, the WPT Copenhagen Main Event, in November. Getting first place in two straight major poker tourneys would more than likely establish Ohlsson as one of the top players currently on the European poker scene. This will make it hard for Joentausta and any other player to shake him off for the rest of the tournament.
It won’t be easy to take the lead from Joentausta if he continues the good run he has had so far in the Main Event. The fresh faced Finn has had some moderate success in the past year, winning a little under $58,000 in the 2012 EPT Barcelona Main Event and coming third in the 2012 WSOP Europe Pot Limit Omaha Six Handed event. He also took out ninth spot in January’s Helsinki Freezeout and fourth place in Austrian Poker Festival’s 220 Euro No Limit tourney in February.
While solid – especially for a 21-year-old – these achievements would pale insignificance compared to the top prize in the EPT Berlin Main Event. This makes Joentausta, already a dangerous player in this tourney, a crushing shark who is unlikely to give up his chip lead without a fight.
One of the Finn’s potential rivals in the next half of the Main Event is tennis legend Boris Becker. The 45-year-old German, who once held the record of the youngest ever Wimbledon Grand Slam champion, has since found a hobby in professional poker. It’s a hobby that he is certainly improving in as, being one of 56 players left, he has already secured his best ever cash win in his poker career.
With 196,000 chips, it will be a surprise if Becker makes it to the final table on Saturday. Despite this, his performance this week shows that he has the potential to be successful on the poker table as well as the tennis court. His appearance in the EPT Main Event has also given the tourney a welcomed profile boost.
Day 4 of the Main Event continues later today in the German capital, with the final table set to take place on Saturday.